April 28, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 1 Pepperdine men's volleyball team played its way into the MPSF finals with a 3-1 (32-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-19) win over Cal State Northridge Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. 1,231 fans were on hand to see the Waves outblock the Matadors 18-6.5. Offensively, the Waves were led by Andy Hein's .471 hitting percentage and Sean Rooney's match-high 23 kills. Rooney also added five service aces in the four-game semi-final match.
CSUN was paced by James Lischer's 16 kills (.536), but struggled against Pepperdine's big block, hitting just .222 as a team on the night. Pepperdine's block was anchored by Hein, who notched 11 assist blocks in addition to a solo.
The Waves will take on the winner of Thursday's other semifinal match between UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State. The MPSF championship match is slated for Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse, first serve is at 6:30 p.m.
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Pepperdine Head Coach Marv Dunphy on his team's mental toughness
"It comes down to the ability to play our game. Late in the game players have to take over, there is only so much a coach can do."
Pepperdine outside hitter Sean Rooney
"It defiantly takes mental toughness. We need to start off better early in the game, so we are the team up late, not needing to sideout every point."
"It comes back to mental toughness. We've always been confident in our big block. We're so competitive and we always feel we can win the match no matter what."
"A couple of big blocks at the end of game one were key for us. It took us a little time for us to get our block together, but then we were able to stuff some balls."